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. president obama says he hasn't made a decision yet, but that he is considering limited, narrow action in response to the chemical weapons attack. ed henry is at the white house monitoring the situation. ed joins us now. ed? >> reporter: andrea, good to see you. after days of laying low on syria, the president let his secretary of state, john kerry, take the lead on this issue twice this week. he came out a short time ago and spoke out, went after president assad in syria by basically saying this is a challenge to the world right now to step up and lead in the wake of this gas attack that killed, according to the administration, over 1400 people, mostly women and children inside syria. but the president now finds himself in a very difficult position. this is a nobel peace prize winner, someone that ran for president in 2008 saying you have to go to the u.n., you have to get congressional authorization before you act militarily. now standing alone on the world stage, pushing basically for unilateral u.s. military action, the president seeing his reset with russia, now in tatters at the
of folks were expecting president obama to come out and announce that they had decided to move forward unilaterally move forward without congressional approval, and that's not what he said. he said he has decided that military action is the right next step but that he is going to put the matter to a vote in congress, and of course we know in the past several days, more and more members of congress have been saying that they want a vote, and they think they deserve a vote before president obama actually launches any type of military strike, so it appears as though those voices have won in this case, so this will be put to a congressional vote. a couple things that stood out to me, craig. president obama saying that the chairman of the joint chiefs told him he is ready to move forward with military action, and that it's not necessarily time sensitive, that if this occurs in a month they would still be able to weaken assad's military capabilities. so that is one of the things that stood out. another thing, you didn't hear president obama say he was going to call congress back right now, a
to enforce a red line to protect an international norm, any decision by president obama to bomb syria will kill people. it will kill the guys working the nightschihift. people doing their jobs to put food on their family tables. daddy who went to work that morning will not be coming home because of what this president decides to do. the assad family will be okay, of course. the designers of that "vogue" magazine spread won't be angu h anguished by the sight of this thoroughly western family lying on the floor. no, the people who will die in an american cruise missile attack will be the working, praying little family people whose husbands do the scud work. war sucks. even in neat little bite-size act of war like the one that might come any day now. and, yet, and yet. how do we avoid this flagrant reality if we don't? those deciding in tehran right now whether to build a nuclear bomb are looking to see what the people in washington are doing. if we threaten the country, if it uses one weapon of mass destruction and goes ahead and ignores us, what worth does our threat hold against that
with president obama's national security team moving forward with the syria plan. in an unusually hectic friday before labor day, today saw a flurry of conference calls and meetings on the crisis. if there are any doubts the u.s. will strike despite the fact that the president insists he's made no decision. this is president obama just a short time ago. >> we cannot accept a world where women and children and innocent civilians are gassed on a terrible scale. i have said before and i meant what i said, that the world has an obligation to make sure that we maintain the norm against the use of chemical weapons. >> much earlier, the white house made public its unclassified intelligence report. the assessment of the syrian government's use of chemical weapons on august 21st is, 2013, determining that 14g 29 people were killed in the chemical weapons attack, including at least 426 children. and this afternoon, secretary of state john kerry went before the cameras making an impassioned case to punish assad. >> we need to ask, what is the risk of doing nothing? it matters because if we choose to live
. >> president obama spoke briefly to reporters shortly after kerry made those remarks. he was less emphatic, his message was similar. >> part of our obligation as a leader in the world is making sure that when you have a regime that is willing to use weapons that are prohibited by international norms on their own people, including children, that they are held to account. >> the team of u.n. weapons inspectors invest galting tigai attack have now left syria. pentagon officials tell nbc news that five guided missile destroyers are in the eastern mediterranean sea and nearly all of the targets have already been loaded into the warheads of some 200 tomahawk cruise missiles. a strike would be limited and tailored to syria's chemical weapons program. president f president obama were to order such a strike it will come without support from great britain. prime minister david cameron suffered a humiliate regbuk in parliament after they voted against military intervention. cameron says he will honor their wishes. france's leader says they are in, and he -- any american strike would also come without the
as we are a day closer to a potential show down with syria. a few hours ago, president obama sat down for an interview with pbs news hour and said he has not made a decision on syria. let's watch. >> again, i have not made a decision. i think it is important that if, in fact, we make a choice to have repercussions for the use of chemical weapons then the assad regime which is involved in a civil uh war, trying to protect itself, will have received a pretty strong signal that, in fact, it better not do it again. and that doesn't solve all the problems inside of syria. you know, it obviously doesn't end the death of innocent sieve yan -- civilians inside syria. we hope political transition can take place. we are prepared to work with anybody -- the russians and others -- to try to bring the parties together to resolve the conflict. but we want the assad regime to understand that by using chemical weapons on a large scale against their own people, against women, against infants, against children, that you are not only breaking international norms and standards of decency, but you are cre
't believe in what he is leading. >> i have no problem with president obama, if he likes to wear the helmet, ride the bike in martha's vineyard, that's fine. he evacuated 22 embassies friday, spent the weekend playing, his own words, i golfed, played basketball, took pictures with friends in the oval office, blew out candles. >> how about issue a statement or have a press conference, act like you're responsible, that you're not auditioning to play commander in chief in hollywood but you want the job and are serious about terror. this is nothing new to me. this is a president that doesn't have the stomach for terror. if the reports are correct, it was clinton and panetta told him to put the thing on bin laden. i don't think it is a priority. i think he should move the white house to california capital hollywood. >> i think that's disrespectful to the family and soldiers serving overseas, to families of people protecting the embassies closed down. for the president not to be in the oval office and making national security a priority, but instead he is more concerned about his own birthday par
. then senator obama answered that question by saying, the president does not have power under the constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation. i pressed jay carney on that point today in the daily briefing and also, meanwhile, republicans like john mccain tonight are saying, if there is going to be military action, it cannot be a symbolic action, backing up the president's rhetoric about a red line, it's got to be serious action that decimates assad's military. take a listen. >> do you believe that exists right now? >> i believe it is a threat to the united states. i believe that absolutely allowing the use of chemical weapons on a significant scale to take place, without a response would present a significant challenge to -- a threat to the united states national security interests. >> if it's simply that we launch some cruise missiles and do that for three gayes and not have a significant effect on the momentum on the battlefield. it will have a -- an unhelpful effect. if we do it right, and
thank you so much peer being with us, i am lori rothman in for lou dobbs. >> obama administration making its case for taking military action against syria, briefing lawmakers about their conclusion that syria government carried out a large scale chemical weapons attack, tonight we speak with fox news military analyst, general jack king on whether the president is justified in takes action. even without the backing of allies or the united nations. >> and questions remain about our involvement in libya. and the terrorist attack in benghazi, we'll talk with larry ward, a group of special operation veterans who are calling on house speaker john boehner to create a appreciate committee to -- special committee to investigate the attack. >> and administration refusing to enforce a law it does not like, now giving states green light to adopt regulation legalizing small amounts of marijuana, dobbs law takes up the case with our attorneys, ww begin with new obstacles blocking the formation of a coalition of the willing to strike syria. britain's defense secretary saying, that the u.k. will not tak
been killed within the last 24 hours. president obama made a statement on the deteriorating situation from martha's vineyard earlier today. >> the united states strongly condemns the steps that have been taken by egypt's interim government and security forces. our traditional cooperation cannot continue as usual when civilians are being killed in the streets and rights are being rolled back. as a result, this morning, we notified the egyptian government that we are canceling our biannual joint military exercise which was scheduled for next month. i want to be clear that america wants to be a partner in the egyptian people's pursuit of a better future, but our partnership must also advance the principles that we believe in. >> bob, that was president obama earlier today. you worked at the state department. dealt with a lot of different crises over your time there and have watched many. is the president just caught between a rock and a hard place here and did he put himself in this position? >> i don't think he put himself in a position. it is a rock and hard place. interesting thing he
know what we know, the question is what will we do let me empsoys. president obama and we in the united states we believe in the united nations and great respect for the brave inspector who endured regime gunfire and obstructions to their investigation. and as the security general moon said again and again, the un investigation will not affirm who used these chemical weapons. that is not the mandate of the un investigation. they will only a whether such weapons were used. by the definition of their own mandate, the un can't tell us anything that we haven't shared with you this afternoon and we don't already know and because of the guaranteed russian obstructionism of any action of the un security council, the un cannot dwaflinnize the world to act the way it should. let me be clear, we'll talk to the congress and talking to our allies and most importantly talking to the american people and president obama will insure that the united states of america makes our decisions on our own time lines and based on our value asks in our interest. now we know that after a decade of conflict, the am
. blitzer? >>> happening now, relations with russia. president obama calls off a meeting with president putin. and you have 15 years, oprah winfrey returns. the butler, racism in america, and the success of her own cable network. i'm wolf blitzer, you're in "the situation room." >>> president obama formally canceled the meeting next month with president putin. why? because of russia's offer of asylum to edward snowden. that is just the tip of an icebe iceberg. let's go live to our chief white house correspondent jessia yellin. she has all the latest for us. >> wolf, for a while the u.s. tried to reset relations for russia. if the administration had big hopes to reduce nuclear stockpiles or agree on how to press iran and syria for civility in the middle east. thanks to the breakdown in relations over edward snowden, now the goals are even further out of reach. also also set no thanks to russian president putin's one on one summit in moscow, putting a new frost in an already chili relationship. behind the latest cold front? edward snowden. >> even though we don't have a extradition treaty
obama has asked the defense department to prepare options for all contingencies. we have done that. and again, we are prepared to exercise whatever option, if he decides to employ one of those options. >> we have two reports on these new developments. nbc news's kristen welker and amaa reporter also. >>> what's the latest and what are the options being considered. >> reporter: the white house, you're absolutely right, saying there's little doubt that chemical weapons were being used by the assad regime. they're reacting to the fact that the syrian government will let u.n. inspectors into the alleged site of the chemical weapons attack. the white house expressing concern that it could be too little too late. they say that area has been shelled for five straight days. here's a statement from the administration, an administration official, that we just got this morning. this avenue says, quote, at this juncture, any belated decision by the regime to gran access would be considered to late to be credible including because the evidence available has been significantly corrupted as a res
. . >>> are plans on hold for president obama? it's thursday, august 29th, and this is now. i'm karen finney in for alex wagner. eight days after a chemical attack killed hundreds of innocent civilians and left thousands injured, the u.s. and international community are still awaiting their response. the u.n. security council failed to reach an agreed yesterday on a draft resolution that would authorize military action in sear yarks but tyri syria. yesterday president obama said he had not yet made a decision about whether on-to-conduct a military strike in sear yarks but he did make the case for limited strikes and said the u.s. had concluded that the syrian government was in fact responsible for the attacks. the president also made clear that the syrian government would face consequences. >> i think it's important that if in fact we make a choice to have repercussions per the use of chemical weapons, then the assad regime involved in a civil war trying to protect itself will have received a pretty strong signal that in fact it better not do it again. >> although defense secretary chuck hag
said about president bush invading iran in 2007. now president obama might attack syria. things are getting complicated. we'll have the story. also bradley manning on wanting to change his gender in a military prison. and thoughts on miley cyrus. >> caution, you are about to enter the no spin zone "the factor" begins right now. >> bill: hi. i'm bill o'reilly. thanks for watching tonight. the big event marketing the 50th anniversary of dr. king's "i have a dream" speech, the subject of tonight's talking points memo. all over the world people are honoring the memory of dr. king, an extraordinary speech on august 28th, 1963. in washington, people listened to a variety of speakers today with president obama as the headliner. president clinton described it as an observance of one of the most important days in american history. that's true. what mr. clinton and no one else mentioned there's today's event exclude black republicans and conservatives. all speakers were democrats. that was a glaring error, and does not indicate a desire for inclusion. most of the speeches were, however, u
for you. >> this is a fox news alert just a short time ago members of the obama administration briefed members of the -- in syria. he has not said what if any military action he will take in syria. lawmakers voted against military action which is a huge defeat to british prime minister james cameron. >> john, lawmakers who received that briefing this evening said they came away with the impression that the president still has not made a final decision about the strike. >> the president is going to have to make his case to the congress and to the american people. i think before he takes any action. the problem that he finds himself in and has placed us in is if he does not take action now. after making these statements then we become a paper tiger to the rest of the world. >> senior white house official tells fox that the uss stout is now in position off the coast of syria. for a period of time there will be five destroyers in the area. the pentagon has also opted to keep two aircraft carriers in the persian gulf. the pentagon is not concerned about reports from russia that it is sendin
time about syria and about the difficult decision ahead of president obama as he weighs whether to take military action. good morning, everybody. i'm thomas roberts. >>> breaking news. president obama is meeting now as we speak with top advisers at the white house and if the president gives the green light to strike syria, he could end up doing it without congress and without america's steadfast a y ally. 8 in 10 said president obama should get congressional approval before any military strike. and some lawmakers say the president hasn't made the case. >> the constitution is very explicit on this. when you go to war, congress must authorize this. both the president and the vice president, once upon a time, before they became in power, understood this. >> the brsh aren't comiitish ar. headlines "the daily news." david cameron's stunning decision not to join the strike after a no vote by his parliament. >> have you spoken to president obama yet? have you apologized to him? >> i haven't spoken to him since the vote on the debate but i expect to speak to him the next day or so. i don't thi
>>> good afternoon. thank you for joining us. i'm karen finney. we just heard from president obama about the situation in syria and the question remains, are we going to war? >> ten days ago, the world watched in horror as men, women and children were massacred in syria. in the worst chemical weapons attack of the 21st century. over 1,000 people were murdered. young girls and boys, gassed to death. i have decide that had the united states should take military action against syrian regime targets. i've made a second decision. i will seek authorizing for the use of force from the american people's representatives in congress. the country will be stronger if we take this course and our actions will be even more effective. i respect the views of these call for caution. what message will we send if f a dictator can gas hundreds of children to death in plain sight and pay no price? i know well that we are weary of war. but we are the united states of america. we cannot and must not turn a blind eye to what happened in damascus. we lead with the belief that right makes might. not the othe
're in recess for another week or ten days. t there's no indication that the obama white house is asking them to come back into session. there's no guarantee in the house of representatives they would get a vote of confidence for a strike. there's significant skepticism. let's see how powerful this report they will be leasing. that could influence some of the people out there in congress. right now there's a lot of people saying hold off. >> congress is not in session until september 9th. they've been active already. some members of congress brie d ed on a white house conference call. congress wants a debate. they want the president to see authorization and they ain't going to get it, are they? >> no, they're not. if the president called back congress, there's the possibilities they would vote against him. i don't think he's very much interested in doing that. i think all of this is so much the overhang from the involvement in iraq. i think there's a feel, not necessarily about whether the united states can prove that assad has these chemical weapons. i think it's pretty clear that they feel
evidence and now, of course, what comes next, barack obama is now moving closer to military strike. "boston globe" also talking about a coming military strike. it looks like it's probably going to happen. let's get to news. >> top u.s. officials now say chemical weapons were used in da masses cas and the president is considering a limited military strike on select targets inside the country. yesterday u.n. inspectors visited the site of the attacks and though low expectations for what their probe will uncover, secretary of state john kerry says there is little doubt as to what happened there. >> what we saw in syria last week should shock the contents of the world. p it defies any code of more reality. let me be clear. the indiscriminate slaughter of civilians, killing of women and children and innocent bystanders by chemical weapons is a moral obscenity. the reported number of victims the reported symptoms of those who were killed or injured, the firsthand accounts from humanitarian organizations, these all strongly indicate that everything these images are already screaming at us, is real
. >> secretary k least made plain i thought today that he and president obama believed, they are certainly highly competent that chemical weapons were used by the assad are a jeevment the only question is can they persuade capitol hill and whether or not it's wise to do anything. >> or will they wait for a chance even to persuade capitol hill? capitol hill doesn't come back here until monday. >> indeed, it doesn't. of course we know what the brits think and that the toy has said no and the brits say. no the u.n. says they are going to wait. it's interesting because secretary kerry said today that the u.n. isn't even -- they are just determining whether there were chemical weapons used not who used them which is, of course, a significant issue. anyway, james, thank you. >> thank you. >> greta: today's senator mike lee tweeting if the president cannot convince congress that the syrian crisis threatens our national security military intervention should be off the table. senator lee joins us. nice to see you, sir. >> thank you very much, greta. >> what does the president have to do to convince you, s
>>> just over an hour ago, president obama saying there should be military action in syria. take a listen. >> this attack is it an assault on human dignity. it also presents a serious danger to our national security. it risks making a mochrie of the global prohibition of the use of chemical weapons. it endangers our friends and partners along syria's borders, including israel, jordan, turkey, lebanon and iraq. it could lead to escalating use of chemical weapons. or their proliferation to terrorist groups who would do our people harm. in a world with many dangers, this menace must be confronted. after careful deliberation, i have decided that the united states should take military action against syrian regime targets. this will not be an open ended intervention. we would not put boots on the ground. instead, our action would be designed to be limited in duration and scope. but i'm confident we can hold the assad regime accountable for their use of chemical weapons. deter this kind of behavior, and degrade their capacity to carry it out. >> the president saying he will seek a congr
department official telling fox news not a matter of but when the obama administration leaving no doubt that american armed forces can easily hit targets inside syria. military officials telling fox that planned operations may include the use of cruise missiles or possibly even stealth bombers. over the next couple of hours we'll have extensive coverage and analysis about thetial american intervention in this crisis and moments from now, we'll go live to the middle east for a report. but first, right now, brand new stories and arizona inmate taking the witness stand in the trial of a fellow prisoner. >> accuse of brutal murder of a oklahoma couple. how credible is a prisoner as a witness? should prosecutors depend on inmates to prove their case? >>> plus the ongoing protests in wisconsin's capitol turning violent when police tackle and restrain a demonstrator. the question is, did they go too far? >>> reality star kate gosselin reportedly suing her ex-husband what he did to get dirt on her for a tell-all book. it is all "happening now." you're intrigued i see. >> sounds juicy to me. art
could strike again as president obama hold a meeting to weigh the options on a high-level strike in syria. we all await his decision as does the world. martha: we have new reports from the "wall street journal" that the white house is moving quickly on this because they have reason to believe syria is planning to launch another chemical attack in the country's largest city aleppo. wait wants to accomplish with action. molly henneberg is live at the white house leading our coverage. what is the white house saying? >> the u.s. has to get involved because the world community cannot leave a chemical attack or chemical attacks plural unanswered. but the white house says the goal is not to out of syrian president bashar al-asaad. even though the obama administration believes this is not the only chemical weapons attack by the regime this year. >> the options being considered by the president and his national security team are not around the question of whether chemical weapons were used in syria on a massive scale causing death and injury to innocents women and children. its many not w
the uk supporting a strike on syria, prime minister cameron says he will act accordingly. president obama's team is pushing forward. back here at home, top administration officials urged congress to back military action against the assad regime. we'll talk to two top senators about the case for action. and while syria takes center stage for the white house, behind the scenes, they're prepping a previous president's push on health care. can bill clinton rally skeptic and a ton of twentysomethings to sign up in october? good morning, it's friday, august 30th, 2013. this is the daily rundown. i'm chuck eliza in for chuck todd today. we begin with syria. whether president obama is willing to go it alone. as he moves closer to a decision about whether to launch air strikes in retaliation for last week's chemical weapons attack, support for that action may be waning. on thursday, protesters marched outside the white house, demanding the u.s. not launch missile strikes against the assad regime. inside, the president and his top officials were working to make the case to skeptical lawmakers. the
president obama wants to go at it alone, which the white house is signaling he might. parliament in england weighing a resolution that would have okayed the use of force. weighing it and finding it wasn't enough. here is the key moment as the measure failed loudly in the house of comments. >> mr. mcneal, you're like an exploded volcano erupted, calm yourself man. the ayes to the right, 272. the noes to the left, 285. so the noes have it. the noes have it. >> moments after the vote, prime minister david cameron assured members he would not exercise what is known as the royal prerogative to go to war without parliamentary approval. >> i strongly believe in the need for a tough response to the use of chemical weapons, but i also believe in respecting the will of this house of commons. it is very clear tonight while the house has not passed a motion, it is clear to me the british parliament reflecting the views of the british people does not want to see british military action. i get that, and the government will act accordingly. >> voted down the measure despite a report from britain's joint i
ten years ago without great britain, without a resolution. obama is doing exactly what he ran for president against when he pledge never to do. it is like animal farm, repainting slogans on the farm and pretending they were always that way. >>anna: we're starting to see arguments on both side. charles krauthammer saying is it something to do with the president's ego saying don't cross the red line and once crossed not doing anything about it. and jack keane saying something should have been done earlier. >> no purpose whatsoever unless it is to assuage the guilty conscience of a president or vindicate the vanity of a president who has become the laughingstock around the world and whose word means nothing because last year he spoke about a red line and allowed all the red lines to be crossed without lifting a finger. maybe he feels compelled as a way to vindicate himself. you don't take a country into war as a way to vindicate your own standing. you do it to achieve strategic objectives on behalf of your country. if they're going to do a three-day strike with no intention of al
obama says he's not going to negotiate on this. he wants a clean bill, raise the debt ceiling, no other issues on the table, no strings attached. just let me borrow more by october so i can pay the bills. that's the statement from president obama no negotiations. that's not going down very well on wall street. they look at this and say here we go again and the dow jones average will open about 120 points down in part because of that no negotiation position from the president. martha: we know from history republicans will come back and say they want to see spending cuts to pass this through. why do you think the president is so intractable on this issue? >> it's possible he thinks if there is a government shutdown over the debt ceiling issue then the president wins politically and the republicans as they have in the past lose politically so he's saying go ahead, shut it down. the market is concerned about the syrian situation and again about another debt crisis 50 days away. martha: there are oil concerns percolating in the market and we'll talk about those a couple minutes away. and a v
obama declared that he is definitely, positively, without a doubt still considering his options. >> this kind of attack is a challenge to the world. we cannot accept a world where women and children and innocent civilians are gassed. i have not made a final decision about various actions that might be taken. in no event are we considering ne kind of military action that would involve boots on the ground that, would involve a long-term campaign, but we are looking at the possibility of a limited, narrow act. >> now, just a short time before that, secretary kerry used language that sounded quite a bit more forceful as he gave the broad strokes outlining the evidence that the u.s. says it has on syria. >> it matters because if we choose to live in a world where a thug and a murderer like bashar al assad can gas thousands of his own people with impugnity, even after the united states and our allies said no and then the world does nothing about it, there will be no end to the test of our resolve. >> kerry also strongly indicated that the u.s. is willing to lead this effort after its
and a moral obscenity. on august 20, 2012, president obama said that the use of a, quote, whole bunch of chemical weapons in syria would be a red line. now almost exactly a year later tens of thousands of lives have been lost. secretary kerry now says the president is talking with members of congress and key allies to make an informed decision on a response. meanwhile, half of americans can't even find the country on a map. that is not an exaggeration. recent polls show overwhelmingly that americans simply do not want to get involved in syria. it should be noted also that secretary kerry's tough language came before inspectors from the united nations could return any findings from syria. those inspectors ran into some danger of their own while examining one of alleged sites of this chemical attacks. fred? >> reporter: it was a pretty tough day for the u.n. weapons inspectors but they said also quite a productive day. their car came under fire right after they left from the hotel they were staying at. they said all of this happened in the buffer zone between the area controlled by the
. the latest on the crisis in syria and it appears that president obama may be ready to make a military move there. that's because he has reportedly ordered a declassified report justifying a strike there. kelly wright has the latest for us. >> reporter: it's very serious indeed. the united states says the chemical attack sun denile. president obama therefore is indicating that he may order a military strike against syria to punish the regime for crossing the so-called red line, inflicting harm on its own people by using the world's most heinous weapons. john kerry says the attack goes beyond the conflict in syria. he says serious actions to use chemical weapons should shock the conscience of the world. >> let me be clear. the indiscriminate slaughter of civilians, killing of women and children and innocent bystanders by chemical weapons is a moral obscenity. by any standard, it is inexcusable and despite the excuses and equivocations that some have manufactured, it is undeniable. >> reporter: in fact u.n. inspectors on the ground in syria had to take cover as some snipers fired on one of th
secretary jack lew on cnbc this morning said president obama will not negotiate over the debt ceiling bill and now it looks like a battle royal is brewing in washington, d.c. these stories and many more coming up in "the kudlow report" beginning right now. >>> good evening, everyone. i'm larry kudlow. this is "the kudlow report." in a major developing story, nbc news is reporting a strike against syria could come as early as thursday. aids say president obama and no longer questions if the syrian government used chemical weapons. the questions are what will the u.s. do and with who's help. nbc's richard engel joins us now from the turkey/syria border with all the latest details. good evening, richard. >> reporter: larry, syria is showing no signs by being deterred of all of this talk of military action. in fact, just yesterday there was another attack that rebels say used chemical agents. a white phosphorous attack that doctors say killed at least 12 people. white phosphorous technically isn't a chemical weapon, but it is illegal if it's used to kill people. it's a burning agent, a burning
obama do we need some special i.d.? >> bill: why is it the civil rights industry talking about black-on-black crime. we will tell you you tonight. i too want to tell everyone that i'm sorry that this happened. >> bill: george zimmerman wants the state of florida to pay some of his legal bills. outrageous or justified? is it legal will testify us. caution. you are about to enter the no spin zone. the factor begins right now. >> bill: hi, i'm boiler. thanks for watching us tonight. what president obama should do about syria. that is the subject of this evening's talking points memo. this man, syrian dictator bashar al assad is a war criminal, a mass murderer and a baby killer. by using poison gas on syrian civilians which is against the geneva convention, asatisfied is now responsible for thousands of injuries and hundreds of deaths. according to the humanitarian group, doctors without borders. so there is no question that assad must be held accountable. if you believe in american exceptionalism that this country has a moral obligation to save lives when it can all over the world, then
. bye. "newsroom" starts now. >>> happening now in "newsroom" abandoning obama and the solo strike. >> for the president to act without authorization. >> a coalition crumbles and allies ditch america. >> the president is going to have to make his case. >> i do believe we have to do something. >> will the u.s. go it alone? >>> also, od'ing on tylenol? 80,000 americans sent to the e.r. each year. ahead what the company is doing about it. >>> plus, settled. >> i think it's a good day for thousands of football players who are dealing with different afflictions. >> 700 million plus dollars. compensation for concussions. >> they're almost certainly going to be able to eliminate any future lawsuit. >>> and you can have your pot and smoke it, too. the feds will now let states decide on pot. >> i love seattle, washington, rocks. >> colorado, washington. >> they call it wake and bake. some wake up every morning. ♪ light up. you're live in the cnn "newsroom." >>> more on the doj pot decision a little later. good morning to you, i'm carol costello. first up, syria. president obama reaches ou
expects, quote, president obama understands that the brits can not now join in any military attack. >> i haven't spoken to him since the debate and the vote but i would expect to speak to him over the next day or some i don't think it's a question of having to apologize. >> reporter: after the u.k. parliament vote a spokesperson for the president's national security council put out a statement saying quote, the u.s. will continue to consult with the u.k. government, one of our closest allies and friends. as we have said president obama's decision-making will be guided by what is in the best interests of the united states. but french president francois hollande says whether or not the brits are involved he supports taking quote, firm action against syria and that includes a possible military strike. bill? bill: molly, will the president ask congress for authority? or what, how is the white house addressing that very issue? >> reporter: the white house says the president has been consulting with a number of members of congress but there's no indication the president intends to wait for a v
will president obama order a strike? and my interview with lora dimaggio and what she says about her brother, the man accused of kidnapping hannah anderson. see it all tomorrow night. that's all for us tonight. anderson cooper starts right now. >>> good evening, everyone. we begin with breaking news. action tonight by great britain slamming the brakes on any immediate military action on syria unless president obama wants to go at it alone, which the white house is signaling he might. parliament in england weighing a resolution that would have okayed the use of force. weighing it and finding it wasn't enough. here is the key moment as the measure failed loudly in the house of comments. >> mr. mcneal, you're like an exploded volcano erupted, calm yourself man. the ayes to the right, 272. the theys to the left, 2875. so the noes have it. the noes have it. >> moments after the vote, prime minister david cameron assured members he would not exercise what is known as the royal prerogative to go to war without parliamentary approval. >> i strongly believe in the need for a tough respons
officials say once they get the order they could be ready to go within hours but while obama administration officials continue to verbally hammer bashar al assad we're still waiting to get the hard evidence that he's responsible. the latest warning to syria comes directly from the white house. >> those who use chemical weapons against defenseless men, women and children, should and must be held accountable. >> reporter: another sign to expect action, u.s. officials all but telling u.n. inspectors, get out of the way. >> and it's clear the security situation isn't safe for the team in syria. >> reporter: the defense secretary told the bbc u.s. ships are positioned, preparations complete. >> we are ready to go. >> reporter: and a defense official tells cnn if the president chooses the most limited option, it could be over in two to three days. cruise missiles could target syria's weapons launchers and command and control facilities, but that's it. >> the options we are considering are not about regime change. >> reporter: and this some say could backfire on the white house. >> it may give bas
obama is confirming the use of chemical weapons by the assad regime. >> we have concluded that the syrian government carried these out. there is a prospect or possibility in which chemical weapons that have devastating effects could be directed at us. we want to make sure that that does not happen. >>> we're joined live from the region. tell us what the latest is there. >> good morning, betty. well, the situation remains tense across the region. today un inspectors have gone out for a third day in various parts of damascus to try and ascertain exactly what happened on august 21st. they're trying to interview people collecting samples. they say they need more time. the end of the mandate is saturday. they are expected to wrap up within the next 48 hours and then ultimately submit their findings to the united nations. some are saying that no military action should take place until that report is submitted, until there's a clear vote from the united nations security counsel. across the region, though, reaction is not waiting. most people here are anticipating that strike. som
as president obama. >> yeah, joe. david cameron really shocked because it was defections within his own party that caused ta defeat and if president obama decides to take action against the assad regime it appears he will be doing so without the support of our two strongest european allies. after an eight-hour debate the british parliament voted to reject a limited strike against syria. >> why is it that our allies in the middle east like saudi emirates, qatar, kuwait and others, cannot take military action, why does it fall on us yet again? >> put simply, is it in britain's national interest to maintain an international taboo about the use of chemical weapons on the battlefield, my argument is question it is. >> i take a question from the scottish national party. >> does he know if there are any plans over the last few days for any military action before next week, planned at all against syria? >> i obviously can't discuss the details of potential action in detail in front of this house, but i can tell the house that american president and i have had discussions that have been reported in th
could be the fallout? meanwhile, president obama getting pushback from overseas. we will tell you what one world leader is saying. and here in the u.s., protests already springing up across this country, with more planned for today. hello, everyone. it is high noon here in the east, 9:00 a.m. out west. welcome to "weekends with alex witt." senior aides telling nbc news the white house is holding conference calls to brief senators on syria, possibly one of the last pieces of business before a military strike. nbc news has also learned all members of the house are invited to an in-person classified briefing on syria. it is scheduled for tomorrow afternoon. meantime, one key democratic lawmaker tells msnbc he would like more information from the obama administration ahead of any potential strike. here's what congressman gregory meeks told me today. >> the facts are what the facts are. let us see what the facts are, let us make sure that we can relate those facts to all of the allies and to nato, et cetera, to get everybody on board. there's no need to rush into it. let the facts come out
at the white house with the latest. what's going on, jim? >> reporter: >> reporter: wolf, president obama did not touch on the situation at the lincoln memorial, though he did address some domestic political issues. it was a brief diversion for the president, who is facing one of the biggest foreign policy challenges during his second term, if only he can overcome some major diplomatic hurdles. as the u.s. moved closer to military action, president obama interrupted his deliberation over syria to mark an historic milestone, the 50th anniversary of martin luter king's "i have a dream" speech. the words belonged to the ages. >> unmatched in our time. >> reporter: it was one of the only few public appearances for the president, who has little time to spend away from the white house. any decision to strike syria over the alleged use of chemical weapons is growing more complicated by the day. over at the u.n., syria's ambassador sounded the alarm and accused rebels of launching their own gas attacks. >> we are in a state of war, preparing for the worst scenario. >> accusing russia of blocking u.n.
cancelinging president obama's planned bilateral talks with his russian counterpart. president obama and vladimir putin were expected to sit down and discuss, among other things, syria's ongoing civil war. the kremlin said it is disappointed by the cancellation. the decision reportedly unanimous by the president's national security team. the icy standoff rekindles a debate between mitt romney and president obama during the 2012 campaign. >> this is to russia that this is, without question, our number one geopolitical foe. they fight every cause for the world's worst actors. the idea that he has more flexibility in mind for russia is very, very troubling, indeed. >> governor romney, i'm glad that you recognize that al qaeda is a threat because a few months ago when you were asked what's the biggest geopolitical threat facing america, you said russia. not al qaeda. in the 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back because the cold war has been over for 20 years. >> white house -- >> boy, that's a cute line. it's just so dead wrong. it's not even funny. and every single
room." >>> john, thanks very much. happening now, breaking news, the obama administration taking its strongest stance yet against syria. the secretary of state, john kerry, making it clear he has no doubt chemical weapons were used and there must be accountability. also, desperate efforts under way right now to save yosemite national park from an historic wildfire that's already scorched an area the size of chicago. and a rare interview with the oldest justice on the u.s. supreme court. why ruth bader ginsburg said this court is, quote, one of the most activist courts in history. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> indiscriminate slaughter of civilians, the killing of women and children, innocent bystanders by chemical weapons is a moral obscenity. >> jarring words by secretary of state john kerry. the white house says there is very little doubt the syrian regime is responsible for that attack and president obama is now evaluating how the united states plans to respond. it all comes on the same day u.n. inspectors, despite sniper fire, managed to visit one of the ar
was gaining momentum, there are now new calls for caution. dozens of u.s. lawmakers want president obama to seek formal authorization from congress before an attack. congressional leaders will be briefed by the administration during the next hour. britain's prime minister is facing parliamentary resistance to a strike in an emergency session of the house of commons. they're meeting right now. and france wants to wait until u.n. inspectors finish their job. let's begin our coverage with our senior white house correspondent jim acosta. jim, have things over there hit a snag? >> wolf, you will not hear that publicly from white house officials who say they remain on what they call a compressed time frame for delivering a response to syria and they say intelligence assessment backing up that action will be delivered to the public as soon as today. in the face of more questions from congress and key u.s. allies, the obama administration says it's determined to send what it calls an unambiguous signal, not just to syrian leader bashar al assad but to the world. >> it's also important for our to
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